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- Stats for Australia
Australia is a fun-loving culture with less seriousness than Britain.
Top 25 Stats
Human Development Index-2; Internet Access 89.62% (12th).
Fastest Growing Religion
Human Development Index
Anglo-Australian (67.9%); European (16.6%); Chinese 3.4%; Australian Aborigine (2.6%); Middle Eastern/Western Asian (2.4%); Anglo-New Zealander (1.8%); Vietnamese (1.2%); Filipino (1%); Indian (1%).
English; 20% of population uses English as second language
Free market economy with lots of trade with East Asia; Problems with droughts, fires, floods. Many years of drought worsened by growing population and overuse of water.
History / Politics
Parliamentary democracy since 1901; British monarch is the constitutional head of state. Extensive immigration has created a multicultural nation, especially in the large cities. 28% of nation was born overseas; Immigrants needed for labor, but have tension with natives. Australia has been important as a peacekeeper in the region.
70% of people say they are Christian, but only 10% attend church regularly. Mainline churches have declined in numbers; Evangelical church growth has slowed. Minorities include 500,000 Muslims, Chinese, and Aborigines, and 250,000 Vietnamese. Aborigines have been mistreated; Christians served them well and most are now Christian. Aborigines do tend to have poverty, high drug use, and a superficial faith. Ministry to youth is especially imperative with 600,000 students; More ministers needed.
Pray that the affluence of the society would not seduce people away from the Gospel. Pray that the Lord would bring revival among the uninvolved, self-professed Christians. Pray that the number of Evangelical Christians would increase. Pray for the minorities, many of whom are not Christians. Pray for the Aborigines who are often Christians, but trapped in alcohol or drug use. Pray that there might be materials and workers raised up to help the Youth.